Sunday, July 19, 2015

Trivia Bits 19 July


Kiwi shoe polish

 First launched and sold in Australia in 1906, Kiwi shoe polish (pictured), developed by Australian William Ramsay, was named after the native bird of New Zealand, the homeland of his wife.

Iceland has been rated as the world’s most peaceful country on the Global Peace Index from 2008 through to 2014.

Nairne, an Adelaide Hills town, was named by Matthew Smillie, who arrived in South Australia from Leith, Scotland in 1839, after his wife’s maiden name Elizabeth Corse Nairne,

Created by Antoine Bauza in 2010 and originally published by Repos Production in Belgium, 7 Wonders is a draft-based card game that is played using three decks of cards that features ancient civilizations, military conflicts and commercial activity.

Logie Award-winning Australian actress Kat Stewart plays Billie Proudman in the 2010 Australian television drama/comedy series Offspring.

Federico García Lorca wrote in his poem Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias, on the death of friend and famous Spanish Bullfighter At five in the afternoon. It was exactly five in the afternoon after he died after a goring (cornada) in the Plaza of Manzanares on August 11, 1934.

Carbine, the sire of the legendary Phar Lap, carried the heaviest weight to victory in the history of the Melbourne Cup and Carbine carried 10 stone 5 pounds to win the 1890 Melbourne Cup.

With his roles in Malcolm in the Middle and Unhappily Ever After, American actor, writer and producer Justin Berfield is the youngest person to appear in over 100 episodes of two different television shows.

The Golden Charter of Bern is the bull that made Berne, Switzerland, an Imperial Free City in 1218 but is now considered by scholars to have been forged decades later by the Bernese themselves to confirm the rights they had seized.

In 1941, the British Secret Intelligence Service had John Waddington Ltd., the licensed manufacturer of the game Monopoly in the United Kingdom, create a special edition for World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis but hidden inside these games were maps, compasses, real money, and other objects useful for escaping and were distributed to prisoners by Secret Service-created fake charity groups.

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